Printspiration

Every day Smartpress customers create brilliant print. Printspiration is a curated collection of their work that showcases the very best designs printed at Smartpress. The articles feature detailed photography and commentary from our clients about their projects.

Print Revolution: A Designer’s Small Poster Strategy

Bringing the past into the present is difficult enough without trying to turn a profit at the same time. But if you’re Larry Stuart, owner, designer and illustrator of The Union Archive, it’s your patriotic duty. He’s giving American history an artistic twist, but instead of using a quill, he’s using print, and in place of parchment, a small army of Small Posters.

Taking Flight: How Wings for Kids Uses Print for a Purpose

A business isn’t always about selling a product and making a profit. Sometimes it’s about giving back and making a difference. For Liz Mester, Director of Communications and Engagement for Wings for Kids, it’s about equipping “at-risk kids with the skills they need to succeed in school and thrive in life.” She’s in the business of inspiring, facilitating and educating, and she’s using print to fulfill that important mission.

Outlawing the Ordinary: Five Marys Farms’ Perfect Bound Books

She’s got a business she built from scratch, four daughters with her name and entrepreneurial ambition that's not slowing down any time soon. Who is she? She’s Mary Heffernan, owner and operator of Five Marys Farms, and she’s using Smartpress to get high-quality marketing into the hands of her customers (along with her high-quality meats).

Artistic Expression: Literary Magazine Goes Beyond Words

Carving out your own space in the literary landscape isn’t easy. As the founder, creative director, editor and designer of the WATER Literary and Arts Magazine, Megz Tillman-Trufant aims to “provide an outlet for the voices and perspectives of black writers and creators.” And she’s got her sights set on more than just the words.

Designing Joy: The EVEREVE Brand Book

Freelance designer Crystal Jensen on joining the team at fashion brand Evereve to implement a rebrand and communicate it across the organization. “I always tend to lean into the happier side of design.”

Rare Talent: Menu Design for Red Cow

Rare Talent: Designing restaurant menus takes specialized skill. Evolving kitchen and bar programs, physical abuse, and aesthetics are all factors that Kallsen Studio & Design navigated seamlessly for Minneapolis tavern, Red Cow. “When you do menus, you’re always weighing options.”

Designer Gives Drink Menus a New Twist

When designer Angela Kallsen was approached by Minneapolis restaurant Red Rabbit to create a new cocktail menu, she mixed illustration, pattern, and whimsy to serve up a book concept that people can’t wait to drink in.

Adventure Stories Captured by Lens and Told in Print

Cam McLeod is considered one of the country’s best adventure photographers. In his premiere newszine, The Spell of the Yukon, Cam shares a stunning visual narrative taken from a photo assignment commissioned by Columbia Sportswear documenting hikers on a trek through the rugged Yukon terrain.